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Mad Mexican on Jane. Open Yet?

Snarf Sep 29, 2010 12:55 PM

Jose Hadad appears to be about to open a restaurant on Jane, a couple of blocks north of Bloor. The last time I looked a couple of weeks ago, they had hiring signs in the window.

Jose is behind the food at Frida, the high end Mexican place on Eglinton, as well as the selection of fresh salsas and chips sold under the Mad Mexican brand at SLM and various smaller fine food places. Rumour has it that this will be somewhat more casual in terms of service and pricing than Frida. Could be very cool.....

  1. Kitchen Imp Oct 26, 2010 11:52 AM

    Any updates on this? I live in the neighborhood and am dying to find decent Mexican food - transplanted Californian, here.

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    1. re: Kitchen Imp
      To Market To Market Oct 27, 2010 09:41 AM

      If the Mad Mexican doesn't open, there is a new mexican place opening close enough in the Junction - La Revolucion.

      1. re: To Market To Market
        5andman Oct 27, 2010 06:45 PM

        They apparently have soft openings now (as of Oct 26) -- has anyone tried yet?

        1. re: 5andman
          .lovetoeatout Nov 2, 2010 11:14 AM

          we have been in twice already. really enjoyed the freshly made food. place also has friendly staff. will keep going back.

          1. re: .lovetoeatout
            5andman Nov 2, 2010 03:44 PM

            So, is it just a store? Or is it a restaurant? Take out?

            1. re: 5andman
              Kitchen Imp Nov 16, 2010 08:31 PM

              La Revolucion is having their grand opening this weekend - Nov 20.

              The food pics are very promising...

    2. Kagemusha Oct 3, 2010 04:20 PM

      Chips, salsa and burritos??? That's it?

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      1. re: Kagemusha
        Googs Oct 3, 2010 05:12 PM

        That's the sum total of the heat and serve line so far. The credibility comes from his work at Frida. And those salsas are a thing of beauty even if you have enough time to make your own.

        1. re: Googs
          terrycar Oct 3, 2010 05:30 PM

          I haven't been to SLM for awhile, so where else can you pick up Mad Mexican products?

          1. re: terrycar
            Snarf Oct 4, 2010 07:41 AM

            There is a list of places on the site.


            1. re: Snarf
              terrycar Oct 4, 2010 08:01 AM

              Thanks for that.

          2. re: Googs
            Kagemusha Oct 3, 2010 06:03 PM

            If this crew's cooking chops are so great, what explains the haute Taco Bell/ Loblaws PC selection?

            1. re: Kagemusha
              Googs Oct 9, 2010 11:58 AM

              Taste it Kage.

        2. Googs Oct 2, 2010 04:18 AM

          If it's going to be a mixed use restaurant/retail, that would excite me very much. That trip to Eglinton & Allen has been the only barrier. Love Hadad's stuff. There's a lot of care in every morsel.

          Snarf, the new (insert expletive here)'s that now run Instant Caterer at SLM have decided in their widsom to discontinue carrying Mad Mexican products. That's okay. I get it elsewhere and no longer need to enter Instant Caterer. They can have my biz back if they bring MM back.

          Loving the emerging trend of midtown restos moving downtown. C'mon on down!

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          1. re: Googs
            Ted Richards Oct 4, 2010 11:22 AM

            When is that happening? I bought Mad Mexican guacamole and chips at Instant Caterer on October 2. They're also sold by Scheffler's, as well.

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              Googs Oct 9, 2010 11:58 AM

              IC must have had achange of heart then. We were quite miffed when the new people explained they felt MM's prices were just too high for the SLM crowd. Uh, HuLLOOOO weeee're the SLM crowd.

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            LovesToEat Oct 1, 2010 08:58 AM

            No, it's not open yet. They've had the signage up for a few months now but every time we walk by, the place looks untouched.

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            1. re: LovesToEat
              chasnik Oct 2, 2010 12:11 AM

              It seems as though the authenticity of this joint is becoming established pre-opening. Brilliant marketing, if you ask me.

              1. re: chasnik
                Snarf Oct 3, 2010 11:32 AM

                Lost you on that one, dude. The authenticity comes from several years of product and restaurant cooking, as well as the pedigree of the chef. The product has been in the marketplace for some time.

            2. damonster Sep 29, 2010 01:41 PM

              looks like its more of a wholesale type place and not a restaurant location

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              1. re: damonster
                5andman Oct 1, 2010 08:50 AM

                It's located between Annette and Bloor on Jane (east side).

                Judging by the website, is it going to be a Retail outlet?

                1. re: 5andman
                  Kitchen Imp Nov 16, 2010 08:34 PM

                  As far as I can tell, it's their new business headquarters, and maybe food prep spot. I haven't gone by there yet, though. This is just from looking at every page of their website and coming up empty other than that the Jane St address is their business address.

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